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This weeks racing was changed from the one on the race calendar and modified on the night and we experienced a great night of close team racing.

Club BMW 320i Gr.5 Team Endurance was the event. Eight entrants did 5 qually laps with the spare car (maybe that car needs a 'Q' plate), there was no order just volunteers from first to last with the first person dictating which lane the rest used.

Two teams of four drivers was the best option and once the qually times were in the teams were simply chosen by qually position: 1,4,5&8 vs 2,3,6&7.

6 minute heats were set and race one was under way. After the first race we decided that the fastest lap in each heat would get a bonus lap at the end of the racing to add a little extra to the event.

A lot of us hadn't raced the Muttley tuned BMW Gr.5's before...they race GREAT! - very nice to drive, quick enough to be satisfying and all evenly matched with no funny foibles at all. Yellow was definitely the quick lane (as it is for all other classes we race) followed by Blue with Red being the difficult lane in the clockwise direction.

A lot of really close heats, some great fightbacks and once the laps were added and the bonus laps (which were evenly shared between the two teams) added also it was Team 1 that won by 6 laps after 72 minutes of racing which is less than 1% difference!

We must do this again, it was great.

Next week is the really quick guys on both tracks - Club 1/24th Sports on Coastal + Sports on Ballayorkley
 

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Last nights racing was the quick classes on two tracks, club 1/24th Sport on Coastal + Sport/Gr5 on Ballayorkley.

Only three lanes were used for the BSCRA cars and some fast racing took place. Steve always quick on this track didn't look as though he was pushing hard, he assures me he always tries his best but seems to make it look easy - it obviously works as he was comfortably ahead of Roger in runner up spot with Kev a few feet behind in third.

Mike, Mark and Andy were all really close together for the battle for 4th place with Brian L, Paul and Geoff all on 99 laps just behind.

Brian H and Chris completed the list of entrants with everyone comfortably whizzing round under 5".

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Next we had the fastest cars on Ballayorkley with four classes entered.

Andy's immensly quick UOP Shadow breaking the 30 lap barrier in Yellow and a 5.6" lap was the sole Scratch Sport car.

Kev's immensly quick Mustang Gr5 also breaking the 30 lap barrier in Yellow and a 5.7" lap was the sole Scratch Group 5 car.

Standard Sport is where the only real races took place with Slot It cars now regular class winners. Mark, Steve and Paul were closely followed by Rogers NSR Mosler, all four cars managing 6.3" laps but Marks Audi was the most consistent and just managed to stay ahead of Steve's GT1 Porsche. Paul and Roger were only separated by a few feet overall.

The two Brians and a newcomer Jamie completed the group of Standard Sports cars with Brian L being the quickest of the trio.

In the midst of the Standard Sports was the sole Standard Group 5 Capri raced by Geoff, 6.5" laps kept him close behind Rogers Mosler.

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We had a big crowd tonight and getting on the track for practice was difficult at times. In future it might be a good idea to start 5 minute practice sessions after 7.30 and only let those on the track who have yet to get through scrutineering. It's not fair to see the later arrivals waiting to get track time whilst others who have been in the room over one hour hogging the track.

As far as scrutineering is concerned the magnet tester is available to all not just the scrutineers, check your car first before giving it to the scrutineers which will save time so we don't run late. Steel shim is the only way to reduce magnetic effect, lead and tape have no effect on the magnet whatsoever.

Point of order 1: the bin was overflowing, it's full of everyones rubbish so it's everyones job to take turns to get rid of it.

Point of order 2: duct tape, stickers, crisps and sweet wrappers get picked off the floor every week...see point of order 1 and use it please.

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Next week it's the return of Small Sports/Saloon plus Saloon on Ballayorkley...see you there.
 

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This weeks racing - Small Saloon/Sport + Saloon on Ballayorkley

Tonight saw a good turnout for one of the favourite classes of all - Small Saloon/Sport - three 3 minute races never seems long enough for this class. Standard class normally sees Marks Porsche 550 but it's in for a service so tonight he raced Geoffs MG BGT against Daves Ninco Healey. Dave's recent proxy rally marathon coming in useful as the little Healey went well but not quite a match for the MG which seemed to be going faster than usual
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The Scratch class saw many and varied builds, Mack chassis go well, 3DP chassis are creeping in but there's still a few of us scratch builders. Steve's Porsche now wearing a Mack chassis was very smooth and consistent to finish at the top of the results chart and at times was pushed hard by Kev's ballistic Healey, way too fast for any sensible person but he seemed to enjoy the challenge.

Paul's Ferrari 365 was raced hard at times to finish just behind Kev's Healey, and just behind was Mike's AC Cobra setting very fast lap times. The Cobra is hard to keep up with but finished comfortably ahead of Brian's Healey. Brian looked like he was enjoying his races and kept his head down and the Healey in the slot.

Chris has managed to work some magic on the E-type Jag, it looked miles better this time out and finished well clear of Geoff's Mini 1275GT. It was noted the Mini was missing a lane sticker under the chassis which would have saved time more than once and with hindsight maybe the Scaley MG BGT would have been a better choice but where's the fun in that
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Saloon/Gr5 was next and again we saw all four classifications entered, Standard Saloon and Gr5 plus Scratch Saloon and Gr5 cars entered.

Standard Group 5 saw 2+1 entries, Steve's Standard Gr5 Capri the only car to manage 27 laps tonight and easily winning the class battle from Jamie and Geoff's Capri that saw two runs after the Opel Calibra shod a tyre in race #1. Jamie managing to get well below the 7" lap barrier should see improvement next time out. Geoff's Capri would have been near the top of the results chart with three runs but made do with a runout with the Calibra.

Standard Saloon saw a pair of cars, Mark's Alfa 155 easily one of the quickest cars on the track, a trio of 26 laps to win Standard class with ease.

Scratch Group 5 was represented by Kev's KRB chassis shod car, not consistent enough to stay with Steve's Capri but managed the fastest lap of the night. As always work in progress but drives nice to win Scratch GR5 class.

Scratch Saloon saw the biggest entry with five cars entered. The racing was actually very close indeed, Paul's 3DP chassis Camaro is very consistent and a trio of 24 lappers kept him ahead of Brian's Peugeot 406. The Peugeot managed the best lane score for the Scratch Saloon class but let down with the run in Red but still finished just ahead of Mike's Opel Calibra. The Calibra didn't look happy tonight, the tyres letting this quick car down but did enough to stay ahead of Dave's Volvo.

Dave's V70 looked the best it's ever been tonight, smooth, fast and consistent, just what you need to stay ahead of the car behind which tonight was Chris's Camaro Z/28. The Camaro also seemed improved on last time, the black paintjob reminiscent of Two Lane Blacktop.

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Overall another great nights racing. We'll see the Saloons again in a fortnight but we've got a long wait for the next runout of Small Sport/Saloon - the end of November.

Next week it's Slot Rally - see you there.
 

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Race results/report - 6th Sept - Falcon 32 on Coastal + Saloon/Gr5 on Ballayorkley

All cars were scrutineered tonight - including the Falcon 32's to make sure ground clearance wasn't an issue plus a chance to cast an eye over tyre widths etc. All cars were ok.

Eight entrants for tonights Falcon 32 races ran without interruption as the track held up to the numerous deslots without tape damage.

Of the racers who took the opportunity to practice before the track was cleaned, Andy & Steve were flying round and it was obvious the result was going to be between these pair as they both managed regular 4.6" laps. Kev struggled with what sounded like something catching the track which was found to be a bit of tape after the racing was over but only noticeable in one lane.

Racing proper was great to watch when the opportunity arose, Steve vs Andy did indeed take place with Andy achieving a trio of results nobody was going to match as Steve really suffered in the Blue lane which unusually put him down the results chart. Kev's Falcon went really well in the first two lanes to finish behind Andy, the White lane again causing Kev's car to be annoyingly noisy. Brian raced really consistently to deservedly finish on the podium and was really chuffed about it.

Mark and Steve both raced really well most of the time, but Steve's Blue lane problems meant Mark finished just ahead.

Wayne, Claire & Keagan racing club Falcons really had a private group race with Wayne's much better runs in the first two races leaving Claire and Keagan back in 7th & 8th respectively.

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Saloon/Group 5 on Ballayorkley was next, a trio of Standard Gr5's were very quick and the BMW M1's of Steve & Paul were only separated by 0.3 of a lap at the end. Andy's Falcon powered Capri suffered with a slipping clutch in one race and was driven gingerly in the final few laps to finish well clear in the Standard Gr5 class. Steve & Paul's BMW M1's are a brilliant advert for 'spec' racing, both set up similarly and both quick cars but very close racing between the two.

Standard Saloon saw a mix of NSR and Slot It cars, 3 + 1 entries. Marks' Alfa 155 always goes well and a trio of well driven races meant finishing well clear of the next in class which was Keagans Clio RS. Keagan's best result was definitely in the Blue lane, three like that would have seen the Clio really close to Marks Alfa. Close behind was Jamies Opel Calibra, again a best run in Blue to finish ahead of Wayne who swapped cars after round one as the Clio dumped a tyre off the track.

Scratch Saloon saw 3 + 1 entries, Kev's huge Ford Falcon XB rocket ship off into the scenery a few times and a couple of nervous jump starts to finish well clear of the next in class. Claire racing a very quick Opel was caught out by it's performance a few times to finish ahead of a strangely handling Subaru Impreza raced by Brian. After the racing the main problem was found, hopefully sorted for next time to finish higher up the results as normal.

Wayne was really in no mans land, a DNF and a car/class swap meant a disrupted evenings racing but a consistent pair of results in Scratch Saloon.

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Next week is GP/F1 + Mini fun race. GP/F1 is always fast and furious with a good range of period cars entered...the Minis however is a class slowly growing in popularity and should be 'interesting'
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Race report/results - 13th September - GP/F1 + Classic Mini fun race both on Ballayorkley

With a few club members away tonights racing was quiet compared to recent weeks but enjoyable and well mixed racing took place as usual.

The GP/F1's started the evening with a mix of CSCRA GP, Standard F1 and Scratch F1's.

F1 - Scratch

Scratch F1's have long been dominated by the MB/Allslot cars but tonight saw only one with Brian winning the class with ease. The red Ferrari, quick and consistent looked a pleasure to drive. Other entrants in this class saw Chris racing a really nice handling Brabham performing to far higher levels than seen before finishing ahead of Mike D. Mike giving a couple of semi retired cars a runout, the Lotus trying to eat it's gears was swapped for a smooth running Tyrell to complete the lineup in this class.

F1 - Standard

It's not often we see Standard F1's, tonight we had Steve racing a Scaley Jordan and a pair of Cartrix F1's raced by Paul and Jamie. In practice Steve was struggling with an on-off switch setup on his controller, turning a few dials down tamed the beast and 10 clean laps ensued...and he was ready for the race. A nightmare in the Red lane spoiled Steves overall result. Meanwhile the two Cartrix cars were showing how well these cars can go, Jamie managed a faster hot lap than Paul but as ever Pauls consistency won the class easily in the end, the Vanwall managing three 23 lappers meant Jamie had to be on his best form for the full 9 minutes but wasn't to be. The Porsche 804 still managed to better Pauls best score in the Blue lane.

GP - CSCRA

A pair of cars in this class saw Geoffs Mercedes W196 raced for the first time against Kev's Auto Union D-type. These cars are probably the most challenging cars we race, high ground clearance and skinny tyres means cornering ability is massively reduced. Both cars were consistent but Geoff's W196 doesn't have the benefit of months of re-re-re-rework that Kev's D-type has. In the end both drivers seemed happy enough with their cars and no doubt we'll be seing them on track again.

Classic Mini fun race

Four Minis and a Metro raced to complete tonights racing. This is still a class in it's infancy, Brian & Geoff entering for the first time, the 3DP Amato chassis cars are simple and when you think you've found all the places to put lead ballast you find another driver has places you actually have to create
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Mike D's Amato 3DP Mini has been spotted often this season, regularly on a Rally stage and earlier in the year and from the sidelines is a rocket but has to be handled carefully in the sharper bends. It was easily the best setup Amato chassis car tonight but wasn't a match for Kev's KRB chassis Mini Thundersaloon which was great to drive and didn't suffer the sudden deslot of it's plastic chassis competition.

The other three Amato chassis cars were really close for final podium position, Chris has been busy as both his cars tonight were dramatically improved as the Metro almost broke the 20 lap barrier to finish ahead of the two newcomers in this class. Brian & Geoff both had very similar performing cars, it's great to see other club members making the effort in this great fun class.

Next week it's Endurance night - Club GT40 - with Steve away it should be Mark vs Paul...no pressure
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Discussion Starter · #46 ·
Geoffs Mini had a Slotcarmann FC130 26k motor, not an NSR.
 

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Five members turned up this week to race a Club GT40 Team Endurance event, there weren't enough entries for team racing so we had three 10 minute races.

The cars are nice to race and both of the marshalls were given a relatively easy time tonight.

Paul won easily and the rest of us managed more than 83 laps as a best score. There were a few close races during the evening.

Next week - Slot Rally - see you there...
 

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Race results - 4 Oct 2018 - Club 1/24 Sport on Coastal + Sport/Gr5 on Ballayorkley

Club 1/24th Sports are always fast and tonight Andy set three quick times the rest had to match. Mike B was closest but his run in Red let him down as Andy's last run in Red was to cap a good night for him to finish top quite comfortably.

Mike B then had Mark to fend off for runner up spot, both managing 4.3" hot laps and ultimately Mark had to be happy with last spot on the podium which he was.

Mike D and Roger were both close behind Mark, both drivers managing a 37 lapper. Steve was next, a 37 lapper was the best result from a difficult set of runs. Kev was next, a loose gear in White spoiled the run. Brian next, almost managing a 35 lapper to finish well clear of Geoff and Andi, both drivers managing 4.6" hot laps.

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Sport/Group 5 was next on Ballayorkley. Three different classes covered with Standard Sport the most popular. Steve blasted round with a trio of 29 lappers to easily win Standard Sport whilst knocking on the door of a sub - 6" lap and make up for a difficult set of 1/24 races. Mike B also racing a Mosler was closest to Steve and managed three consistent runs to keep ahead of Marks Audi R8C. Mike completing the night being runner up in both classes run tonight. Mark's Audi always performs well and third spot in class completed a pair of podium positions tonight.

Roger and Paul were difficult to separate, both managed a pair of 27 lappers to finish well clear of the final pair of cars raced by Andi and Brian. Brian racing a GT3 car for a change and Andi's Porsche looking good in Yellow and Blue lanes.

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Scratch Sport saw a pair of cars, Andy's UOP Shadow not as quick as usual but easily the fastest car round the track to finish well clear of Mike D's Ferrari and two class wins tonight. Mike managing a great run in Blue but not such a good run in Red.

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Only one Group 5 tonight, Kev's Capri went really well, knocking on the door of a sub - 6" lap and the best lane score in Yellow tonight which made up for a poor showing in 1/24th Sports earlier.

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Next week - GP/F1 plus a yet to be decided Club class on Ballayorkley.
 

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Geoff's performance didn't show up in the chart, the data was there but the row wasn't coloured in...and Andy raced a Mosler on a Mack chassis...
 

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Race results - 11 Oct 2018 - F1/GP + Club GT40 on Ballayorkley

A pair of CSCRA GP cars and Chris's Brabham started tonights F1/GP racing, Brian entering the CSCRA classes for the first time with a Vanwall and found it a challenge which they definitely are. The Vanwall looking comfortable in Yellow...work in progress but a great start and a win in GP3. Andy's Alfa Bimotore rolled on the same corner a couple of times whilst managing to get into the 6.9" laps to win GP2A and Chris now starting to be much more consistent with the smooth Brabham the last couple of F1 meetings.

The main bulk of the entries was Scratch F1 with 4 of the 6 entered the popular Allslot chassis. A couple of really quick races at the head of the table between Steve & Kev, at times running an inch apart saw both crashing through the 6" barrier umpteen times, in the end Kev won mainly due to a great run in Blue. Steve was surprised he managed to go so quick with 5.8's but was very difficult to get past.

Third spot in Scratch F1 saw Mike B & Mike D wrestling at times but all to no avail as Mike D posted quick 6" lap times to finish well clear of Geoffs Williams. The Williams posting super consistent lane times and receiving praise from Andy carefully keeping his hands clear whilst marshalling
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Mike B's Allslot compromised tonight on 10mm wide rears was the final Allslot and finishing ahead of Chris's Brabham.

The sole Standard F1 raced by Jamie was flat out through the short chicane but always managed to make it managed a trio of 23 lappers to win his class. Jamie realising that backing off for a couple of tenths of a second can actually mean more laps as crashes are avoided with lapping cars - nice one bud.

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Second event tonight, Club GT40's.

The cars are very well matched and race extremely well if your careful with the throttle coming out of corners. Some quick lap times were posted, 6.5" is a quick lap with these and tonight saw Steve, Andy & Kev managing that and all three finished within a lap of each other at the end of racing. Steve ran out overall winner by half a lap and a trio of 26 lappers, Andy got the quickest hot lap and Kev managed the best single lane score.

Mike D, Brian & Mike B were almost as close as the first three drivers, both Mikes managing 6.6" laps but Mike D's pair of 26 lappers were good enough to ensure he stayed ahead of Brian 'Harrison' Leadley with Mike B breathing closely down his neck
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Chris & Geoff were also super close at the end of play with Chris managing a pair of 25 lappers to stay ahead of Geoff.

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Next week - Saloon + Club BMW's - I can't get down so looking forward to whoever does the report next week.
 

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Race report/results - Saloon/Gr5 + Club BMW 320i Gr5 on Ballayorkley

Standard Saloon

Three Standard Saloons raced tonight. Try as he might, Andi's Ninco M3 just wasn't a match for the much quicker/smoother SlotIt's of Geoff & Steve. Both equal in terms of fastest lap but Steve's consistency shone through to make sure his Alfa 155 finished top of the podium with Geoff's Opel in runner up spot well clear of the BMW M3.

Standard Gr5

Three Standard Gr5's raced, Roger's car close to box stock had a couple of incidents too many in Red to cause Andy any problems with his really quick Capri. Smooth and fast is always hard to catch with a 6.0" lap to set the pace. Roger's BMW one of the best looking Gr5's to race here was well clear of Jamie's Capri, tuned by Paul and looked very driveable.

Scratch Saloon

The largest group of cars tonight saw five Saloons with four completely different types of chassis. Keagan pushed really hard...at times too hard but finished comfortably clear of a trio that was headed by the sole Peugeot 406 of Brian. Once a really popular car to race in Saloon, Brian was kept close company by Pauls monster Ford Fusion NASCAR on a 3DP chassis. A few laps behind was Wayne's carbon chassis Ford Falcon XB, what a great looking beast it is, low and very broad to finish ahead of Chris's Camaro Z/28. Chris's car perfect for the much talked about US muscle car race in a few weeks...

Scratch Gr5

A pair of Capri's tonight both lost a lap due to a jump start, Kev's Capri seen last week in Sport/GT took an easy win with Mike struggling at times especially in Red managing a consistent pair of results.

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Next was Club BMW 320i Gr5's

Paul set a super fast pace in race one in what became a really fast and close overall series of races. Kev, Paul & Steve all finishing with 79 laps, Kev's run in Blue ultimately enough to keep ahead of Paul overall. Both drivers the only two to manage a 6.5" hot lap. Steve pushing hard in Blue lost time trying to pass a quicker car in Yellow.

The next four cars were all within a lap of each other, Andy making the most of his race in Yellow to keep just ahead of Roger who raced a Racer BMW 320i Gr5 for the second time tonight. Brian and Mike also managing a pair of 26 lappers keeping Roger just within sight.

Half a lap back was Wayne, a great run in Yellow with a low 6.6" hot lap to keep clear of two very close finishers, Andi with three consistent scores and a quick 6.6" hot lap not quite a match overall for Geoff who lost two laps in Blue and could have been dicing with Roger, Brian & Mike.

Chris & Jamie just a shade slower than the cars ahead finished ahead of Keagan who diced for the lead at one time until a Murray Walker moment...

Next week it's Falcon 32 on Coastal + Club GT40
 

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Race results & report - 25th October - Falcon 32 on Coastal + Club GT40 on Ballayorkley

There was a big enough turnout tonight to run 4 lanes on Coastal. Pre-race track prep by Steve + Kev and an open practice session saw only a handful of cars getting some testing done. The two main contenders for top spot were Andy + Steve, both comfortably quicker than the rest and a couple of tensely fought duels took place between them. Andy's car looked most at home on the track and easily won in the end with the best two runs in the middle lanes. Steve's car running a little off it's recent pace finished well clear of Kev's that took a flying leap off the track at the end of the straight.

A couple of laps back was Brian, he seems to have found good consistency recently and finished well clear of Mark who lacked consistency tonight but one of the four cars to manage sub 5" laps. Roger was next, he's usually pretty quick here and was again in the first two lanes but bone dry tyres didn't do the car any favours...expect a better result next time out
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Andi normally seen much nearer the bottom of the results chart in Falcon racing had a really good couple of runs to finish close to the mid pack and well clear of a super close race between Geoff + Wayne. Geoff had a bit of a 'mare in Red which enabled Wayne to finish just ahead with a trio of 27 lappers.

Claire + Keagan completed the results chart, although Keagan managed a 27 lapper, Claire managed two to finish well clear.

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Next we had a go at racing the Club GT40's on Ballayorkley with Kev, Andi + Andy starting the racing. The way to race these and the Club BMW 320's is to be smooth onto the straights, Mark, Steve + Paul have always done this and Kev has recently found this and two really quick and clean runs meant finishing just ahead of a really close race between Mark + Steve who were closely matched, Mark managing the best Red lane score and Steve with a better hot lap.

Paul, Andy + Brian were only separated by by about half a lap but Paul was very quick on a single lap and a little more consistent to finish just ahead of Andy with Brian happy with his good result to finish so close near the top of the table.

A couple of laps back saw Rog + Geoff finish about 4 seconds apart, Rog trying his Falcon controller for a little more oomph. Geoff's pair of 25 lappers not quite enough to keep up. A little behind Geoff was Wayne who managed some quick single laps to fend off an equally quick Andi, both drivers managing 24's and 25's to leave the final battle again between Keagan + Claire. This time Keagan turned the tables on Claire after the Falcon racing.

Just to help those struggling with the club cars try not to murder them coming out of corners, the harder you force them the further down the results table you'll finish.

For those who saw last nights results on the screen Steve had an extra lap as Brian jumped in the wrong lane, this resulted in Brian getting an 18 second lap and Steve two consecutive 4 second laps which was obviously an extra lap.

Just to show how close the club cars are here is the difference in laps right through the field: 1,1,2,1,1,2,5

...and in comparison here is the difference in laps through the field with the Falcons on Coastal: 4,5,2,5,7,3,8,4,5

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Next week it's the final outing for Slot Rally of 2018 and with no annual event this year will mean withdrawal symptoms for some
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Racing tonight was decided by Facebook poll, some interesting ideas came out of it we could well use next year.

After spending time googling each car I've added the year the cars went racing. I've also shown which class these normally enter.

There was a LOT of work going on with cars before the racing, some thrown together the night before, some had months of prep and testing, some were out of the box, one or two specials too. With no scrutineering required, one or two members had some serious motor shimming to do, tyre widths weren't checked and once racing got underway there was a really good mix of cars racing together.

In the 3 years I've raced slot cars I've never seen so much interest after the racing, lots of photos taken.

This is definitely something we have to do again and one or two other theme nights along a similar vein to add that often missing ingredient - fun.

Most club members have a Porsche of some description, we could mix it a little with Dave suggesting a French car night and something fun like a Thrash-a-Ford night.

...I don't see us racing Slot Stox again so there's two slots to fill next year.

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Next week: Club 1/24th Sports + Saloons
 

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Race results - 15th Nov 2018 - Club 24 Sports on Coastal Circuit + Saloon/Gr5 on Ballayokley

Racing Club 1/24th Sports on Coastal saw blood, car failure and one driver drop out before racing after picking up a hot soldering iron from the wrong end! Consequently the club first aid kit got a good hammering tonight...do we have a designated first aider in the club?

Roger & Mike had race estimates in one lane, one due to car failure on lap one, the other due to having a finger attacked by a car. This changed the expected result last night...sorry Mark.

With the confusion over scoring and non runs etc. it kind of spoiled the event. Mike has taken the cars home for a service. Thanks Mike!

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Saloon/Gr5 on Ballayorkley saw Steve race left handed after burning a few fingers earlier in the evening.

Four classes represented tonight:

- Standard Saloon, won by Mark, one of two Alfa 155's tonight finished clear of the rest of the Saloons bunched together that were themselves ahead of the Scratch Saloons. Geoff's Opel getting the fastest lap of this class and Paul racing a Scaley MG into the middle of the group. Mike B's 406 all over the place in Red got better as the tyres wore, and Steve valiantly hanging on the coat tails with his wrong handed driving.

- Standard Gr5, won by Andy with his Falcon powered Capri was closely matched by Rogers BMW 320i whilst Mike D racing a standard car for a change seemed to enjoy the experience.

- Scratch Saloon, comfortably won by Brian, the Peugeot 406 back in action tonight did really well ahead of the rest of the Saloons bunched together. Wayne easily the best of a trio of Opel Calibra's, candidly called blobs by some members, very quick cars requiring care with the throttle. Chris raced the Camaro on Slot It tyres, he wasn't happy with their performance finished behind Claire & Keagan.

- Scratch Gr5, won by Kev, the sole entry has done well the last few times raced and did so tonight.
 

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Race results - Falcon 32 on Coastal + GP/F1 on Ballayorkley

Coastal - No racing on the white lane tonight as there was no power at the socket.

Ballayorkley - Yellow lane was missing lots of laps. Paul was first in Yellow and the race was restarted as the score wasn't counting every lap. After that one of us counted how many times each car passed over the lap counter.

The scores counted by the lap counter were adjusted as follows:

Paul + 21, Kev + 4, Mike B + 2, Mark +12, Brian +2.

Kev's, Paul's & Brian's Yellow lane scores were rounded down as the last last partial lap time was deleted by the program.
 

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Race results - 29th Nov 2018 - Club GT40 + Small Sports/Saloon on Ballayorkley.

'We need more close racing' has been heard a lot recently, well Club GT40 is certainly that and tonight the general driving standard was improved over last time out for these cars. They're looking a bit battle scarred but great fun to race.

Just to show how close these were, the difference between 3rd & 8th place was less than 1 lap!

Everyone managed to get a good hot lap, stringing 70+ together is the challenge and one single deslot can mean all the difference once the scores are added.

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Next race was Small Sport/Saloon, Richard Mack chassis is the one of choice for most, others deciding to make from scratch, others going down the 3DP or adjustable plastic chassis route.

Some of these are as quick as the slower Moslers in the Sport Class but much harder to keep on the track and a sub 7" lap is quick for this class and tonight saw half the field managing that.

This time last year saw two cars going sub-7" which shows the general standard has improved a lot and as a result the overall spread of scores is much closer.

There were quite a few instances last night where all 3 cars raced side by side, next year should see much more of this as we use driver seedings to put similar performance cars on the start grid on a regular basis. Are we likely to see the first 80 lap result for this class in 2019...anticlockwise again next year...should be fun!

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Next week sees one of the most enjoyable events, nicknamed 'Team Favourite Cars' as we will see a mix of cars not generally seen together. Don't forget it's a team event, there's no glory in the individual overall win as there won't be one
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Back in August we had a team event and to add a little extra we gave heat win bonuses, on that night both teams that entered had equal bonus wins. We could do this again next week.

...I have a car ready...it's a Rally car...can't wait!
 

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Race results - 6th Dec 2018 - Team 'Favourite Cars' on Ballayorkley

11 entrants tonight, many and varied cars being tested before qually started, now which of these three cars to race....
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Andy was first up for 5 qually laps and set a quick time for the rest to match. A few low 6" times told us we were in for some quick...and close racing over the 6 min heats.

Steve tried to match the teams using the qually times posted, Chris ran for two teams so we had 12 entries. Sometimes the end result is close sometimes not so close but there wasn't much in it after 72 minutes of racing.

The majority of cars were standard, no scratchbuilds tonight, Mike D's Aston DB3 the only 'Scratch' type car and Kev's SCX Ferrari running a SlotIt pod.

Geoff raced his Mosler fantastically well in the first two races and was 'on a mission' in Red...which ultimately ended up a 'failed mission'. Meanwhile Wayne drove his Mosler fantastically well in his last race, a standard Mosler is capable of low 6" lap times, his times in the Blue lane slowly improving and a clean race to finish his three runs with a win as an admiring pet dog anxiously awaited some attention
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Mark seemed really pleased the cars weren't scrutineered...I'm not sure why
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but the Alfa was hard to catch.

Brian uhmmed & ahhd again then decided on what turned out to be the wrong car of choice as he found himself in no mans land, blue 406 Coupe next time out?

Chris 2 must have had Chris 1 as mechanic on his Honda, it did look good on track though and the only non European car entered. It was mentioned that post-Brexit we should race non EU cars...wot no Porsche
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Kev's 'tuned' SCX went much better than he expected (and most others too) and this week was his 'favourite car'...thanks to Wayne for that
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Andy's Group 5 Capri has always gone well, a car you can't overtake (or catch) down the straight, fast and smooth and was in a few close 3 car battles...really close at times!

Steve tested more than most but decided to blow the dust off a Porsche GT1 the tyres of which may need replacing
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but was the quickest car on the track for long periods.

Mike D's Aston is really set up for CSCRA racing but it's always good to see a classic Aston on track.

Mike B's Peugeot 406, if it's next to your car in a corner you better pray it's on the outside of the bend! He was brave enough to race the only Saloon on the grid but neither Mike D or Chris 1 were going to get close tonight. Mark was spotted filming the blue 406 drifting round the curve up the hill.

Paul's Lancia has been in development a long time, is his favourite inline car by miles and must be the quickest car round the final curve onto the start straight as he swapped wins with Geoff's Mosler.

...Roll on the next Team 'Favourite Cars'...

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Next week it's Club 1/24 Sports on Coastal + what should be Club Revoslot Porsches on Ballayorkley
 

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There was no racing on Thurs night as not enough members turned up so we had a test & chat session.

Next week is the AGM followed by the American Muscle Car Fun Race...bring your Christmas jumpers folks!
 
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